MLB To Take Over Dodgers’ Financial Operations

9:16pm: SI.com's Jon Heyman hears that McCourt "intends to fight" MLB for control of the team (on Twitter). It's an uphill battle not just legally, but in the court of public opinion. Legal costs could be another issue for the Dodgers' owner.

3:59pm: Commissioner Bud Selig has announced that MLB will take over the Dodgers' financial operations from Frank McCourt, reports Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TimesShaikin's colleague Dylan Hernandez adds that Selig "will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers."  Shaikin has the official statement from Selig hereESPN's Buster Olney calls Selig's takeover "a two-handed shove out the door," and awaits McCourt's legal response.

SI's Jon Heyman wrote earlier today that MLB is "disinclined to grant McCourt's request" for approval of a TV deal with Fox that might have allowed him to retain control of the Dodgers.


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119 Comments on "MLB To Take Over Dodgers’ Financial Operations"


ColoradoBravesFan
4 years 4 months ago

Matt Kemp to the Braves….PLEASE.

GeronimoJansen
4 years 4 months ago

Gross. No.

Gumby65
4 years 4 months ago

No matter which team you pull for, the “GROSS” was just epic =D

MannyBeingMVP
4 years 4 months ago

Yeah, right, for Heyward AND Uggla. :-)

vtadave
4 years 4 months ago

Sure, just send that Heyward kid on over.

cjmsd
4 years 4 months ago

Fire sale!

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 4 months ago

What exactly does this mean for the team?

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

I would have to assume that it means that the payroll will stay the same and McCourt will be gone. That’s best case scenario

Worst case scenario would be a fire sale. But I don’t see MLB letting a Los Angeles team to become terrible.

theophilus166
4 years 4 months ago

the only good players are the cheap ones. Kershaw, Kemp, Ethier, Billingsley. Nobody will take on contracts like Furcal, Lilly, or Blake. They really can’t have much of a fire sale because the only attractive options are guys getting paid less than 8 million. By the time those guys hit their last years of arbitration, they’ll have a new owner.

vtadave
4 years 4 months ago

Pretty sure the Red Sox and Yankees would be interested in Kuroda on a one-year deal.

MikhelB
4 years 4 months ago

I heard that the Red Sox already have in place a trade with the Padres:
A bag of baseballs;
A Rawlings glove;
Two overhyped players with no future in boston and who won’t be on the majors until 3 years after the trade;

In exchange, Jed Hoyer will give his former boss Theo, liberty to choose any player he wants (Heath Bell is next ;)).

padreshobo
4 years 4 months ago

Obvious troll is obvious

thegrayrace
4 years 4 months ago

Pretty sure Kuroda has a NTC. Would expect it, anyway, considering he clearly preferred to sign with the Dodgers and did so at a discount.

Ken In Sac
4 years 4 months ago

Who cares. We have to get rid of the McCourts first…the team can’t function with him as owner.

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 4 months ago

This is certainly an interesting situation. It’s a shame a franchise with history like The Dodgers has come to this.

4 years 4 months ago

Maybe it’s a result of the beating of the Giants fan and much needed increased security.

Ken In Sac
4 years 4 months ago

You are correct. The McCourt allowed that gentlemen to get beaten by electing to cut security as a cost saving solution.

dodgers33dodgers
4 years 4 months ago

now only if mccourt would of went to the SF games and got jumped as retaliation, we would’nt be in this mess…lol

Grab some pine, meat.
4 years 4 months ago

It’s a win win! Dodgers get to watch their loser ex-owner McCourt get beat up, and Giants fans get a healthy revenge!

dodgers33dodgers
4 years 4 months ago

exactly…we can all be even and friends…except when we play each other!! then its just nice friendly competition…lol

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

“Selig “will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers.”

welcome back, joe!

Ken In Sac
4 years 4 months ago

You are joking but I would be at all surprised if Joe is put in charge. That would hurt.

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

It almost makes you wonder if that was the plan when MLB hired Joe. Probably not but it’s still a thought.

N1120A
4 years 4 months ago

It might actually be the plan when they hired Kim Ng, as she knows Dodger operations as well as anyone. She is the perfect person to run things

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

I think that whole thing was an “abandon ship” situation when both of them left. I really hope Ng becomes the GM. That would be sweet.

Ken In Sac
4 years 4 months ago

Man, I think you hit it. Kim Is the perfect choice. That’s funny, and possible.

FowlofCanada
4 years 4 months ago

Omar Minaya, c’mon down!

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
4 years 4 months ago

Joe was a great candidate to be hired as team president months ago when it became clear that the McCourts would have to sell. If MLB put him in charge of operations now it would be the best thing that’s happened to the Dodgers in a year or more, and I’d even have to revise my opinion of Bud Selig.

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

Dear Mr. McCourt,

You are terrible and such. That is all.

Love, Your Mother

P.S. Easter dinner will be at your sisters house. You will be in charge of bringing mashed potatos.

Ken In Sac
4 years 4 months ago

Thank god! I get my Dodgers back.

4 years 4 months ago

Selig “will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers.”

Hello Omar Minaya!!!!!

Gumby65
4 years 4 months ago

Oh Noez The Montreal Dodgers….

icedrake523
4 years 4 months ago

You mean “Los Montreal Dodgers”

theophilus166
4 years 4 months ago

haha for those of you thinking that Kershaw, Kemp, or Ethier is going anywhere – you’re dreaming.

Blue387
4 years 4 months ago

Will my Mets be next?

NathanielS
4 years 4 months ago

No

4 years 4 months ago

Why not? it’s our dream? oh yeah selig and wilpon are butt buddies

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

One failure at ownership at a time, my friend.

East Coast Bias
4 years 4 months ago

Has this ever been done before? Sounds unprecedented.

Maybe they move back to Brooklyn! hahaa

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

I would love to see them move to Brooklyn but I would hate to see them leave LA :/

phoenix2042
4 years 4 months ago

Yes. to the Expos. Fangraphs has a good article on it.

Payaso
4 years 4 months ago

As a huge die hard Dodgers fan. THANK GOD. So Long Mccourt. Sure we’ll suffer the rest of the season. But atleast he’s gone and done with. Hopefully sell the team in the offseason and have a whole new regime! Thank you bud!

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 4 months ago

This just sounds like MLB’s way of easing McCourt out.

4 years 4 months ago

This is no easing McCourt out, this is more locking him out of his own business. It is a pretty severe action by Selig. Selig hadn’t done this to Tom Hicks or Fred Wilpon. He would had done this to Hicks, but Hicks was much more compliant in letting MLB stepping in when he was being crushed by too many loans..

Basically, Selig has made MLB the owners of the Dodgers, and forced McCourt out.

Joshua Pimental
4 years 4 months ago

That can’t be good for their draft budget. Slot players, come on down…

dieharddodgerfan
4 years 4 months ago

What this all likely means is that McCourt is going to eventually be forced to sell the team.

Would not be shocked to find out soon that MLB is financing the Dodgers for the rest of ’11 and that MLB will start looking for prospective buyers soon.

I have to think McCourt is on fumes financially if he had to borrow $30 mill last month just to make payroll.

monkeyspanked
4 years 4 months ago

Mr. McCourt, you’ve been banished from the “Good ‘Ol Boy Club” for being a douche. Now get the hell out!

kräftig. entschieden
4 years 4 months ago

Hopefully this isn’t the same situation as when MLB took over the Expos, and they traded away Brandon Phillips, Cliff Lee, and Grady Sizemore for Colon.

SmackSaw
4 years 4 months ago

Praise be to the Great Dodger in the sky!

SmackSaw
4 years 4 months ago

Dennis Gilbert, answer the phone! Finally! Oh, or Mark Cuban!

N1120A
4 years 4 months ago

Cuban would be my favorite. Broad would be ok

Johnny_Felix
4 years 4 months ago

im all for Broad considering he made a last ditch effort to buy the Dodgers originally before Bud said the Frank was the new owner. Eli Broad is ranked in the middle for the top 100 billionaires in the U.S. with a worth of over 5.8 Billion dollars. He has also lives in Los Angeles and has helped over see the renovation of Downtown LA and is known to be a huge spender in the Arts and charity…thats the kind of person i want running the team

4 years 4 months ago

Broad wanted to renegotiate the broadcasting rights deal that Fox signed with itself before putting the Dodgers on the sale’s block. Both Fox and MLB were against it.

The business of baseball is a dirty messy business, with low profit margins, huge overhead, and plenty of headaches, (like the Dodgers PR nightmare of the Giants’ fan beaten into a coma on opening day in the parking lot, with rumors that McCourt cut security before the 2011 season) I think there should be trepidation that a knight in shining armour is going to swoop down and make the Dodgers all better, without putting their own neurosis on the organization as the McCourts have done with team.

However, Eli Broad would be a huge step in the right directions compared to looney bin that McCourts have created with their ownership of the Dodgers..

MannyBeingMVP
4 years 4 months ago

Short term, I don’t think this means any changes at all, not major mid-season acquisitions, but hey, that was true with the McCourts anyway. Long-term this is good for the Dodgers. The Dodgers will keep all of their core players, although I have no problem if they can trade Broxton for a single elite prospect. Use Kuo and Padilla as co-closers. I am actually OK with Torre or Omar having feedback for a single season, the team will simply stay pat, no fire sale, and the team can play .500 ball this year and begin to rebuild under new ownership by the end of the calendar year.

thegrayrace
4 years 4 months ago

So you’re saying Dotel, Podsednik, Theriot and Lilly weren’t major mid-season acquisitions? I was shocked those 4 didn’t lead the Dodgers to the playoffs… /sarcasm

MannyBeingMVP
4 years 4 months ago

If they are in the mix at the trade deadline the trustee could authorize little moves like the above ones. But yeah, no deals for Albert or Prince, that is for sure. But that is OK, so long as they keep the 2014 starting rotation of Kershaw, Billingsley, Zach Lee, Rubby de la Rosa, Chris Withrow and Ethan Martin, the outfield of Kemp, Ethier and Sands, and infielder Dee Gordon. The rest is negotiable to me, although I am partial to keeping Kuo and Padilla to be the co-closers until a better acquisition can be had.

thegrayrace
4 years 4 months ago

I was just suggesting that McCourt was unlikely to make major mid-season acquisitions, either. He hasn’t since ’08. So, whatever… no loss there.